• Yard Sale

    Yard sale time!

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    We’re on the countdown to our HUGE yard sale. It will be this Saturday from 7:30 – 12:00 noon at the Community Market. We have been overwhelmed by your response to our plea for donations. There must be some empty closets and storage rooms in Danville and Pittsylvania County now because our walls are bulging! […]

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  • Critter Chat – March 29,2017

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    In 1996, national animal organizations established seven basic policies for every animal shelter. Over 20 years later, I am not sure what organization led the way, but they were printed in the January-February 1996 Animal Sheltering Magazine of The Humane Society of the United States. Shelters were encouraged to consider these basic essentials of their […]

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  • Easter

    The Easter Bunny is here!

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    We’re ready for the Easter Bunny pictures with pets and/or children! Come to the shelter tomorrow between 11-3 and for $8, receive a 4X6 picture in a holiday frame. Plus, we will e-mail you all the pictures taken during your session. Thanks, Val-Rae, for getting the room ready! (We’re also having an adoption fair and […]

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    Critter Chat – February 15, 2017

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    The way I look at storm drains has significantly changed over the past 25 years.  More cats and dogs than we ever wanted to know about use these storm drains to safely go from place to place, and to get a little bit of perceived security.  I am not exaggerating when I say that more […]

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    New Spay/Neuter certificates available now

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, and going through June 1st, City of Danville residents may pick up $50 spay/neuter certificates for their dogs and cats. Pittsylvania County residents may pick up $25 rebate certificates, which can be combined with the usual County vouchers of $25 (or $40 through February). The certificates must be picked up at […]

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Critter Corner


Critter Chat: August 31, 2016

Sometimes, the absolute sadness or even horror of a situation is hard to fathom.  Such was the case of a dog that, thankfully, is now in heaven.  We had received a complaint about a dog that was chained in a yard and people driving by were concerned about him because he just kept getting thinner. […]

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Critter Chat April 13, 2016

Paulette Dean Executive Director Danville Area Humane Society Have you ever seen an animal that has completely given up? I have and my heart breaks each time. With the ever-present cameras and on-line posting of videos and pictures, the comments and captions usually blame the animal’s broken spirit on the shelter. However, the sadness, neglect, […]

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Critter Chat – March 4, 2015

Critter Chat For March 4, 2015 By Paulette Dean               It is amazing how mere seconds can become experiences that will never be forgotten.  In the midst of a very sad cruelty investigation last week, we had such an experience.             We had been called to assist the Danville animal control officer at an […]

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Critter Chat For:  January 21, 2015               New Year’s Day has always been a day of reflection and planning for me.  Several family members and I celebrate New Year’s Eve together, complete with refreshments, grape juice and Sprite, games, and a talent show.  We have looked forward to that time together since my first […]

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Critter Chat For:  January 7, 2015   Many years ago, I gave up making New Year’s resolutions.  Instead, I choose a theme for the year.  Some years, the theme is a verse from scripture, and other times it’s a short poem.  A theme is a constant reminder of what I hope to become.  My theme […]

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Critter Chat

Critter Chat For July 16, 2014   Even critics of the Danville Area Humane Society should admit that we have an aggressive spay/neuter program.   Even as early as 1980, we allocated funds in our budget to help (albeit in a small way) with the cost of the sterilization surgeries.  In October of 1993 when we […]

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News Release



For Immediate Release March 6, 2015 Contact:  Paulette Dean (434) 799-5306             On March 6, 2015, General District Court Judge Robert Adams gave custody of four dogs to the Danville Area Humane Society and the former owners were ordered to not own companion animals.             On February 25, 2015, Humane Society staff members were requested […]

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Reward Offered For Chihuahua Abandoned On Parker Rd

For Immediate Release February 4, 2015 Contact:  Paulette Dean… (434) 799-5306   The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and the conviction of the person or persons who may have abandoned a female Chihuahua on Parker Road this morning.   A man […]

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We are very sad to have to report this story; however, we are grateful to the kindhearted man who found the sealed box with the puppy in it.  Please read the news release we just sent: For Immediate Release November 28, 2014 Contact: Paule…tte Dean (434) 799-5306 The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a […]


Our position regarding newspapers articles and editorials

Our official position on letters in the newspaper is this:  We have the right to state the truth and correct statements that are not true.  We will never engage in the back-and-forth conversations publicly that only serve to promote the public perception that all “animal people are crazy.”   We never, never, engage in personal attacks.  […]